The aim of this book is to explore situations in human life in which people meet with asymmetrical power - such as when small, weak, defenseless David meets huge, powerful, heavily armored Goliath. The book is, however, is by no means a thesis on why such situations happen, or of how they resolve themselves; rather it is a simple, rather aimless ramble through the shrubbery and thickets of human experience, with occasional pauses to peer at features of more than usual interest within the countryside.
This, however, should not be taken as faint praise. The ultimate thesis on asymmetrical power has yet to be written, and in the meantime, the best that anybody can manage is well researched rambles. This is one of the best such rambles that I have encountered, with every pause a gem of enlightenment and illumination. As the author explained the particular kind of asymmetrical power being observed, and the various strategies and tactics used by one party to balance or overthrow the advantages of the other, I found myself continuously thinking, "Wow! Why hadn't I noticed that?" His writing is fluid; his research extensive, and his insights inspiring. All in all, a most delightful read that has given me much to think about, and indeed changed many of my views on some very important topics.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (General UK); 1 edition (28 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780241959596
- ISBN-13: 978-0241959596
- ASIN: 0241959594
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)